cockatiel not taking weaning process well?
i have three cockatiel chicks that are the offspring of two lovely cockatiels i have had for a long time. they hatched around april 28th, 2009. i had to pull them at two weeks old and hand fed them from then on. two of three have been successfully weaned onto pellets and other foods. i am concerned about the third chick, however. he seems to want formula so i give it to him because he really seems hungry. he runs towards the cup i mix the formula in and begs for it. i give it twice a day. he screams when ever he sees me and comes to the door of the cage. when i let him out, he comes right to me. i sit with him all the time, offering toys, etc. he has little interest in these things and still screams off and on. he's quiet when i'm not in the same room as he. i see him eat out of the food dishes in the cage, so i know he eats the pellets the other birds eat. the amount of formula he will take varies, sometimes not very much, sometimes i have to stop because he is full to the max and i don't want him to spit up and aspirate formula. he plays with toys in the cage and seems totally normal otherwise. i looked inside his mouth i don't see the telltale signs of yeast. his crop empties normally and his droppings are normal. my vet is on vacation this week and next, and yes, we will be going asap for a first checkup when he returns. just wondering if the chick is lonely for me when i go to work? i started to go to work when he was a month and a half old. i stop by to check on them often as i work near my home. he is not alone during the day the birds are also cared for by my family, some of whom are home all day. any input would be greatly appreciated.